Food & Drink

Year 1

What we achieved last year:

  • Encourage children to walk to school by participating in Walk to School Week and won it!
  • School trips to Woolley Firs to learn about the origins of food, the effect of the weather on growing crops and the importance of bees in the pollination process.
  • Discuss need for healthy balanced diet in DT lessons
  • Participate in School Summit.
  • Appoint compost bin helpers each week to ensure that compost bins are used for fruit skins/cores at playtime and to assist in emptying them into large compost bin.
  • Brought in food products from home, looked up the country of origin on world map and discussed food miles and the effect of food miles on pollution and global warming.
  • Learnt about the importance of growing locally produced food. Grew our own sunflowers, lettuces, carrots, potatoes and enjoyed harvesting them.
  • Encourage children to recycle wherever possible and make use of scrap paper.
  • To develop a growing awareness and conscience about their role as global citizens and carers of the world.
  • Participated in Water Aid week and looked at ways that we can recycle and stop wasting water.
  • Look at how we can look after God’s world in R.E by recycling, turning off the lights etc.
  • Look at the effects of pesticides and look at alternative methods to these such as using neem oil and ladybirds.
  • Look at where our food comes from- the different animals we get our meat from and the plants we get our food from too.
  • In science look at how plants are grown and how some grow underground e.g. potatoes.
  • Grow our own cress, water it every day and discuss the changes the plant makes as it grows.
  • In DT look at how to prepare fruits and vegetables and have a go at doing this ourselves.
  • In science look at how we can use plants to make medicines for cancer treatment, food dyes, perfumes and paper.

What we aim to achieve next year:

  • Continue to teach water alongside food and drink as Y1 doorway topic.
  • Set up a Fair Trade cafe as a cross-curricular activity using money, writing labels etc.
  • Grow awareness of Fair Trade products and what Fair Trade means by buying a Fair Trade product and as a class making a recipe using FT products.
  • Continue to grow our own potatoes, carrots, beans and take them home to cook.
  • Grow sunflowers and explore the importance of  bees in the pollination process.
  • Explore origins of food, taking a typical dish such as spaghetti bolognaise.  Look at where all the components come from and find out that all food comes from either a plant or an animal.
  • Visit Woolley Firs and Waltham Farm to learn about where our crops come from and the foods that they make. Explore the impact of the weather on these crops. Explore the role bees play in the production of food.
  • Discuss the value of growing your own food and visiting farm shops.
  • Take part in Walk to School Week and encourage children everyday to walk to school.
  • Complete biscuit packaging activity in class.  Discuss whether so much packaging is necessary in class.
  • Discuss the benefits of a healthy diet in DT lessons.  Examine and taste lots of new fruit and vegetables, draw them and make a fruit salad from the fruit we like best.
  • In Literacy lessons make our own butter and enjoy eating it on some bread.  Write instructions for making butter.
  • In RE act out the Last Supper, when Jesus broke bread and shared it at the table with his disciples.
  • Learn about animal welfare.

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